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  • Opinion: Cures for an uncooperative CD/DVD drive

    Reader Ned Mitchell find his MacBook's media drive is a little picky about the discs he inserts. He writes:

  • Opinion: Save a Wet Gadget, Salvage a Laptop Hard Disk

    I can think of few hassles as devastating as dropping your cell phone into the sink or letting it take a tumble in the washing machine. These kinds of accidents happen all the time, often with the result of an expensive trip to the store for a replacement. But maybe that doesn't have to be the outcome. A couple years back, we offered some tips for reviving a wet phone, including the ever-popular "submerge it in a bowl of dry rice." But if you want a more robust solution, consider stocking a Bheestie Bag.

  • Opinion: Egnyte Launches Aggressive Campaign to Poach Box Customers

    When it comes to cloud storage and file sharing, Dropbox seems to be the undisputed champion on the consumer side. But, for business customers looking for a more robust cloud storage service and better management tools, Box is a clear leader. Egnyte wants to change that, though, and it's going for the jugular with its Box Buster Buyout program.

  • Opinion: Advertising in Free Apps Saps Your Smartphone's Battery Life

    As much as 75 percent of the energy spent by some popular smartphone apps, such as Angry Birds and Fchess, is spent on marketing and advertising aimed at you.

  • Opinion: Improve Your Laptop's Battery Life

    Longer battery life: Every laptop user wants it, but few know how to get it without buying a new machine. Though laptop manufacturers have made great strides over the past few years in increasing the efficiency (and thus the battery life) of their products, even the most efficient modern machines don't last long enough for many users. What you may not realize, however, is that your system is probably loaded with integrated peripherals and bloatware that you'll never use but that consume resources and reduce battery life.

  • Opinion: Microsoft Probing Alleged Xbox Security Problem

    Microsoft is investigating findings by researchers that its Xbox 360 gaming console permanently stores credit card numbers on its hard drive creating a potential security vulnerability for card holders.

  • Opinion: LG to Mass-Produce Its First Flexible E-Ink Display--For Real This Time

    We've regularly covered flexible e-ink or e-paper display technology here at GeekTech, mostly as demos that never amount to a real product. But now, LG has announced that it has begun to mass-produce its first-ever flexible plastic e-ink display, which should arrive in Europe by the beginning of next month.

  • Opinion: I Can't Eject This Flash Drive (or External Hard Drive)

    When CHIN3927 attempted to remove a USB external drive, Windows' wouldn't provide the Safe to Remove message. The Answer Line forum offered help.

  • Opinion: The Cloud, Day 25: The Cloud Is Becoming Mandatory

    30 Days With the Cloud: Day 25

  • Opinion: Microsoft Develops a Faster Touchscreen With Only One Millisecond of Lag

    Touchscreens are supposed to offer us the most direct finger-to-screen interaction with our devices, but have you ever noticed that it takes a split second for something to actually happen?

  • Opinion: Nvidia Jumps on Board with the Linux Foundation

    Hardly a week goes by these days without some fresh news that another company has joined the Linux Foundation, and it's always exciting to hear about the organization's continuing growth.

  • Opinion: Replacing an SSD Under Warranty

    I bought a 240GB OCZ RevoDrive 2 solid-state drive from Newegg.com a few months ago, and one day it just decided to quit working. I realized that the product was beyond the return date for Newegg, but wasn’t really worried, since I knew that it had a good warranty from OCZ. I contacted OCZ for authorization to return the SSD, and shipped it back. A month went by and I still hadn’t heard from the company, so I called; an OCZ representative told me that the item was out of stock. So I waited another week and called again--a different rep said that they had plenty of SSDs in stock, and the rep didn’t know why one wasn’t shipped to me. He said he would send one right out. I called back two days later for a tracking number, and the same rep told me that they had not shipped anything

  • Opinion: Microsoft's 3D Transparent Interface Makes Us Feel Like We're Living in the Future

    Windows 8 may seem like a radical change from what came before it, but some of the stuff Microsoft has cooking in its research labs makes Windows 8 look boring by comparison.

  • Opinion: View Your Hard Disk's Hidden Hoards With TreeSize Free

    Getting a new computer is a bit like moving into a new house: At first, there's plenty of room for everything. Then, a few months or years go by, and you find yourself surrounded by random clutter, wondering where all that free space went. I may not have much advice on de-cluttering your house, but if it's your hard drive space you're looking to reclaim, TreeSize Free can provide you with the answers you need.

  • Opinion: How to Share an External Drive Between a Mac and a PC

    Looking to share an external hard drive between a Mac and PC? The best way to do it is with a drive formatted as FAT32. Though this format has some limitations, it enjoys nearly universal support from active platforms, including Mac and Windows operating systems, and many gaming and Linux OSs.

  • Opinion: Atom-Sized Transistor Foretells Quantum Computer, Scientists Say

    Scientists say they have created the first transistor from a single phosphorous atom using near-atomic precision, which could keep development of processors on track with Moore's law until at least 2020 and offers the possibility of a general-purpose quantum computer that processes data significantly faster than current devices.

  • Opinion: Useful Stuff: Plug-In USB Charging Port, Extra Dropbox Storage

    A free account from beloved file-sharing and -storage service Dropbox nets you 2GB of space. Want to boost that to 7GB? You can, and it won't cost you a dime extra.

  • Opinion: Samsung's Next OLED Displays to Feature Tough Lotus Glass

    Although Corning just announced Gorilla Glass 2.0 was just last month at CES 2012, it seems that the company is teaming up with Samsung to develop OLED screens that are as tough as Gorilla Glass.

  • Opinion: Get 5GB of Extra Dropbox Storage, Free

    A free account from beloved file-sharing and -storage service Dropbox nets you 2GB of space. Want to boost that to 7GB? You can, and it won't cost you a dime extra.

  • Opinion: Need More Storage? Reach for the Cloud

    When you start out with a fresh new hard drive, it may seem like it has virtually unlimited capacity. The reality, though, is that it won't take nearly as long to max out that drive as you might think, and you will need to find some way to expand your storage.



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